By Th. Emil Homerin
Umar Ibn al-Farid (1181–1235), writer of 2 vintage works, the Wine Ode and the Poem of the Sufi manner, is taken into account the best Sufi poet to write down in Arabic. during this learn, those and different poems via Ibn al-Farid are thought of in the context of Islamic mysticism, Arabic literature, and Sufi poetry. Th. Emil Homerin uncovers the literary and spiritual cause of those poems and their aesthetic and mystical content material, displaying them to be a kind of meditative poetry. certainly, Ibn al-Farid usually alludes to the Sufi perform of “recollection,” or meditation on God, to awaken a view of life during which the seeker can be remodeled by means of an epiphany of affection revealing an intimate dating to the divine liked. Homerin presents based translations and shut readings of Ibn al-Farid’s poetry, highlighting the wonderful thing about his verse, its moods, meanings, and importance inside Islamic mysticism and Arabic poetry, the place Ibn al-Farid remains to be referred to as the “Sultan of the Lovers.”
“This is the key paintings at the mystical poetry of Umar Ibn al-Farid by means of the top Western specialist on Arabic Sufi poetry. Stylistically subtle and polished, Homerin’s translations of the tremendous tricky medieval mystical poetry effectively express the peculiarities of diction and the cultural and aesthetic richness of the unique fabric. including the author’s previous reports, this may stay a definitive examine of Ibn al-Farid’s poetic oeuvre for years to come.” — Alexander Knysh, writer of Islamic Mysticism: a brief History
Th. Emil Homerin is Professor of faith on the collage of Rochester. His books comprise The Wine of affection and lifestyles: Ibn al-Farid’s al-Khamriyah and al-Qaysari’s Quest for which means; From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint: Ibn al-Farid His Verse, and His Shrine; and Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life.